FWF2020 The Politics of Health — Recommended Reading

KATERINA BRYANT is the author of Hysteria: A Memoir of Illness, Strength, and Women’s Stories Throughout History New South Books.

Book recommendations
The Animals in That Country, Laura Jean McKay, Scribe
Dead Blondes and Bad Mother Sady Doyle, Penguin
In the Dream House Carmen Maria Machado, Allen & Unwin

Online recommendations
In ‘Dream (10 hours) but it’s raining outside’,
Jennifer Nguyen talks about her fears, dreams and extraordinary times.  
Domestic Abuse and Writing Through the Unspeakable by Declan Fry discusses family and intimate partner violence and abuse.
Award Rate an essay by Laura Elizabeth Woollett on writing, work and literary awards.

ASIEL ADAN SANCHEZ
Book recommendations

Black Queer Hoe, Brittney Black Rose Kapri, Haymarket Books
Feel Free Zadie Smith, Penguin 

Online recommendations 
Tr​ansdemic: Trans experiences of the global pandemic.
Medfem presents — podcasts to discuss all things related to women’s health and gender equality  — and inequality —  in medicine. 
A Map of Gender-Diverse Cultures — global scenario of how other cultures see gender diversity

KIT MCMAHON
Book recommendations
A Room Made of Leaves, Kate Grenville, Text Publishing
Talkin’ Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism Aileen Moreton-Robinson, UQP 
The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, A Thousand Women and the Consequences of Having – or being denied – an Abortion, Diana Greene Foster

Online recommendations
Former Prime Minister,
Julia Gillard podcasts in her role as Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership.
Song Exploder is a music podcast created by Hrishikesh Hirway.
Trace: Season 2 The Informer – lawyer Nicola Gobbo speaks about her role as a criminal lawyer and a police informer.

More recommendations from the FWF2020 panel, 14 Nov 2020:
Flying with Paper Wings, Sandy Jeffs, Vulgar Press
The Medicine: A Doctor’s Notes, Karen Hitchcock, Black Inc Books
The Centre Cannot Hold, Elyn Saks, Hachette
Growing Up Disabled in Australia, ed. Carly Findlay, Black Inc Books
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, Andrew Solomon
Chronically Fully Sick podcast
And check out the #ownvoices hashtag on social media.

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